Just wanted to let everyone know that I have a 94 year old patient with a fractured odontoid who was told that she had fibromyalgia and was given lyrica and gabapentin and was just getting weaker and weaker and more and more dizzy by the day. She had a very hard time getting up and down out of a chair due to her leg pain and couldn’t raise her arms to even button her shirt. I had treated her for 3 months with good results with the knees and shoulders and all other symptoms when she was 3x a week, but as I tried to back her down to 2x/week, etc, I was discouraged as her symptoms began to reappear. I had discussed the side effects of those meds with her, but she wasn’t willing to stop taking them to see if they were actually making her worse. In the past month, however, she was admitted to the hospital for her dizziness and falls, and I talked to her again about the medications and the side effects. She took herself off of both these medications and is back to her lively spunky self that she had become when she was coming 3x a week after 2 weeks without those meds! Just a reminder that there are 3 causes to subluxations; thoughts, trauma, and toxins and hellips;we have to be persistent in removing all 3 or else we’re forgetting a vital piece of the puzzle.
I also wanted to share the story of another lady with fibro that has had great results. She started with us in May VERY RELUCTANTLY! She really struggled with whether or not to try one more thing only to be disappointed and upset if it didn’t work. She was the fibro patient that EVERY other fibro patient that I had talked about being the one in the worst shape of all. They all talked to her for many months before this to no avail, and I spoke to the Rotary where her husband is active in March of this year after we had just joined FCA. I was thrilled when I finally saw her name on the book. She had been diagnosed with fibro 12 years ago and had been to Vanderbilt, IU, and Barnes Hospitals to get help but was continuing to worsen in the past 8 years despite the many tests and other “help” from the MD’s and of course the medications! So far after a month of care, she is breathing better, is having less IBS trouble, is having decreased pain, and is sleeping better! Her hope has been restored, and her attitude has totally changed! She has stopped taking Cymbalta , and we’re working on the rest of her meds; She had “tried chiropractic” before; another chiropractor in town saw her a couple of times and told her that there was nothing he could do to help her.
Thank you FCA for giving me the confidence and support that I needed to care for these patients. They are truly a blessing in my practice and they light a whole new kind of fire for chiropractic and passion for practice in me on a daily basis. Now I no longer dread seeing a fibro patient walk through the doors; I rejoice, and we pray for more and more to experience real healing through chiropractic in our office and in all of yours. For anyone thinking of joining FCA, I say “Go for it!” Not only will it take your practice to a whole new level, but there are patients suffering, desperate, and hopeless for the kind of help that you can give if only you are willing to “stick your foot in the water.” You Go-Getters will hopefully remember this from Dr. Hultgren’s talk at the 2007 Disney meeting. Again, I really only wanted to thank you at FCA for a job well done so for and for your continued tireless effort that you put forth on the member’s behalf. We at the Kennard Clinic appreciate you very much. Thanks again and I hope this lights your fire like it did mine!